EVART\u00a0-\u00a0Local citizens are banding together to tackle litter in The Muskegon River, as part of River Cleanup Program. The City of Evart, Ice Mountain and J & J's River Run will conduct a river cleanup with the help of local volunteers on Sept. 14. "The City of Evart, Ice Mountain and J & J's River Run are all dedicated to protecting the Muskegon River because a healthy community starts with a healthy river. Clean and healthy rivers provide everything from clean drinking water to recreation opportunities to fish and wildlife habitat," said Evart Parks and Recreation Director Mark Wilson. The City of Evart is conducting the cleanup as part of a grant awarded by the Great Lakes Commission, which is an interstate compact agency that promotes the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water and related natural resources of the Great Lakes basin and St. Lawrence River. "With the river running right through the city, Evart is committed to keeping the Muskegon River clean so we can protect and restore it for our citizens and future generations. However, we're taking the cleanup well beyond the city limits, starting several miles upstream and continuing several miles downstream from the city. Participating in a river clean-up is one way that people can do their part for the river we all love," Wilson added. Evart City Manager\u00a0Zackary Szakacs said he is happy to see residents caring about the city and its natural resources. "Rivers connect us to other communities, to nature and to future generations. It is wonderful to see so many people in the community taking action to protect and restore the Muskegon River," said Szakacs. Volunteers must preregister to participate by contacting Evart Parks and Recreation at (231) 734-2181 or email email@example.com.